Articles by: Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Digital Media Strategist
Kate is the paper's Digital Media Strategist, responsible for all things social, and the occasional story too! She's a former reporter for the paper and can be reached at: [email protected]
  • Island-hopping couple found a home in Frenchboro

    Island-hopping couple found a home in Frenchboro

    At first, Ann Fernald wanted to be a marine biology researcher. Raised in Hebron, she received an associate degree in marine biology from Southern Maine Community College and moved to Portland to look for research positions. But there was “no money for research,” said Ann, and so she took a job at Sappi Fine Paper

  • Town lifer Lunt: “It’s home”

    Town lifer Lunt: “It’s home”

    David Lunt, who goes by Davie (his father is also David), has lived in Frenchboro nearly his whole life, apart from the four years when he attended high school on Mount Desert Island. “To me it was ideal,” said Lunt of growing up on the island. “We pretty much had the freedom to do whatever

  • New leader cites Jackson Lab’s “rapid growth”

    New leader cites Jackson Lab’s “rapid growth”

    ELLSWORTH — The Jackson Laboratory’s new chief operating officer and executive vice president, Catherine “Katy” Longley, has a message for the region: the lab is hiring and the jobs are good. “We still are in a rapid growth mode,” said Longley in an interview at the lab’s Bar Harbor campus. “We have good quality jobs,

  • Seal rescued from Bayside Road

    Seal rescued from Bayside Road

    ELLSWORTH — A seal pup made its way onto the Bayside Road on Friday morning. “There’s a little brook across the street from where it was,” just past the Spindle Road, said Maine Marine Patrol Spc. Sean Dow, adding that he was told the waters were high after yesterday’s rain. “I’m assuming maybe it found its

  • Gagnon named Bar Harbor Planning Director

    Gagnon named Bar Harbor Planning Director

    BAR HARBOR — After 17 years working with the city of Ellsworth, Planner Michele Gagnon will be leaving her job to take the job as planning director in Bar Harbor. “We just really liked her enthusiasm for the job,” said Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight. “I think she’ll be a great fit. She has

  • Electricity rates rise

    Electricity rates rise

    ELLSWORTH — Keeping the lights on is about to get more expensive for some customers in Hancock County and surrounding areas. After accepting bids from suppliers, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced Dec. 4 that the standard offer for electricity supply for customers in the Emera Maine Bangor Hydro District will increase just under

  • Test results ‘unhelpful’

    Test results ‘unhelpful’

    ELLSWORTH — The results of the state assessments of student performance for the 2017-18 school year are in, but school administrators caution against reading too much into the numbers. Schools in the MDI Regional School System performed much better than the Hancock County and statewide averages. The Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) reports the percentage of

  • Bar Harbor planner to leave post Oct. 31

    Bar Harbor planner to leave post Oct. 31

    ELLSWORTH — Janna Richards, planning director for Bar Harbor, is set to leave that post and begin work as economic development director for Ellsworth Nov. 1. Richards will succeed Micki Sumpter, who retired this month. Sumpter will work with the city on a part-time basis through June 2019 to assist with the transition. Richards was

  • Invasive plant watchers on the lookout for milfoil

    Invasive plant watchers on the lookout for milfoil

    ELLSWORTH — Last week’s confirmation of the discovery of aggressive Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spiactum) on a boat entering a lake in the town of Norway (along with the “alarming” discovery by Maine Department of Environmental Protection staff of a non-native mussel) has put invasive species-watchers in the state on high alert. But Roberta Hill

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